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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Cable oiler

    Once in a while a request comes up for information on how to lubricate control cables. You need a foot and a half of 3/8 ID reinforced plastic...

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-22-2012 09:15 PM
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    04-27-2013 01:27 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Older boats using dana outdrives

    A large number of mid 60s to the mid 70's houseboats were equipped with DANA and CHRYSLER DRIVE 90 outdrives. Most installations utilized 225 HP 318...

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-22-2012 09:11 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Dana outdrive information

    These questions come up every once in awhile: What brand do I have: Rounded upper with fin with hole DANA Rounded upper with a chunk no...

    Started by OLD HOUSEBOATER, 07-22-2012 09:07 PM
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    07-22-2012 09:07 PM Go to last post
  1. Strong exhaust smell.

    I have taken the new boat out a few times now and I have noticed a significant smell of exhaust in the cabin after docking for the day. The wind has...

    Started by JTAlberts, 07-20-2014 07:49 PM
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    07-22-2014 08:57 AM Go to last post
  2. Electrical Leak....Help!

    While investigating the prospects of changing out the anodes on my trim tabs I got a pretty decent electrical shock when I touched my starboard trim...

    Started by JTAlberts, 07-14-2014 09:33 PM
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    07-20-2014 07:25 PM Go to last post
  3. epoxy coating versus gel coating

    10 year old HB roof gel coat is showing signs of thinning spider cracks, no soft spots im aware of. Have not used a moisture meter on any of the...

    Started by dalehollow, 07-08-2014 07:04 PM
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    07-09-2014 01:09 PM Go to last post
  4. Mold / Mildew Removal

    I had ugly black stains on our composite deck and canvas from mold / mildew/ algae. I sprayed it down with some of that stuff they sell to remove...

    Started by captmark, 06-18-2014 06:45 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    07-08-2014 06:57 PM Go to last post
  5. Best paint to use?

    Our boat is in dire need of a new paint job. The fly bridge has returned to its rather ugly original colors and we now have one of the worst looking...

    Started by Jeepster04, 06-19-2014 04:45 AM
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    06-19-2014 04:45 AM Go to last post
  6. Replace window slide felt

    30 year old felt lined rubber slides are just rotten and seriously impede window operation. Surely someone has replaced them and talked about it, but...

    Started by longjohn, 06-10-2014 08:00 AM
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    06-12-2014 06:37 PM Go to last post
  7. Engine Room Fire Suppression

    Just had a recent survey completed and the surveyor has listed a requirement of a "Fixed Fire Suppression System." Looking around, I see a lot that...

    Started by JTAlberts, 05-12-2014 09:04 AM
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    05-13-2014 09:06 AM Go to last post
  8. Bumper Around Houseboat

    Hello. I am new to the houseboat ownership ranks but not new to boating. I recently purchased a 34' Catamaran Cruiser houseboat. It is a fixer...

    Started by thompsdw, 03-19-2014 06:28 AM
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    05-08-2014 06:20 AM Go to last post
  9. Steel Hull Repair?

    I bought a 1966 40' Stardust Cruiser a few years ago on a whim. Now it's time for a little TLC. The top has developed some cracks and I have heard...

    Started by Oldskool, 04-08-2014 05:22 PM
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    05-02-2014 05:02 PM Go to last post
  10. This guy asking for trouble?

    I just saw an add for an old aluminum Marinette Seacrest that was completely updated. He has put stainless steel Struts with brass Cutlass and...

    Started by JTAlberts, 04-26-2014 03:29 PM
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    04-30-2014 06:12 PM Go to last post
  11. Caulking/Sealing

    What product do you guys and gals use for caulking and sealing overhead hatches and windows?

    Started by Tony B, 04-19-2014 04:06 PM
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    04-25-2014 08:43 AM Go to last post
  12. is this device out there

    Looking for a device that will only let my on demand water pumps run for a certain amount of minutes. Then I have to reset it. Thanks Both the...

    Started by dalehollow, 04-07-2014 05:57 PM
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    04-08-2014 12:20 PM Go to last post
  13. Pulling Transmissions

    Well, I am getting both transmissions rebuilt this year. This is the thing I have dreaded most. I have to cut some supports out of the inside of...

    Started by JTAlberts, 03-24-2014 10:48 AM
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    03-31-2014 06:54 AM Go to last post
  14. Installing 2nd AC unit Gibson 97

    I am working on installing a second AC unit in our 97 Gibson 41 Sport. It appears to all wired up and ready for one. But for some reason the factory...

    Started by ckay2005, 03-18-2014 08:49 AM
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    03-24-2014 07:34 PM Go to last post
  15. Is the hull compromised

    Ky/Tenn. area we had waters freeze any where from 1 to 2 inches under the Houseboat's. Regarding the stand pipe's in these hulls some of which...

    Started by dalehollow, 03-12-2014 05:10 PM
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    03-13-2014 09:16 AM Go to last post
  16. Finally changed my anodes

    We finally had a decent weekend where we stayed on the boat at the dock for the whole weekend, so I could finally work on some of my projects. ...

    Started by GoVols, 03-10-2014 05:39 AM
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    03-11-2014 05:14 AM Go to last post
  17. Condensation problem

    Hello. First post. I have a 1993 Sumerset that has a stairway going up from the front deck. Inside, there is a storage cabinet under those...

    Started by Bim, 02-14-2014 02:33 AM
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    03-01-2014 10:57 PM Go to last post
  18. Shark Tank Idea, little help please

    Covered slip, creates more of an issue. Looking to install downspouts on the corners. What Id like to do is install tracks, for the drip pan...

    Started by dalehollow, 02-15-2014 07:45 AM
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    02-21-2014 05:38 PM Go to last post
  19. Checked on boat yesterday

    I had to go by my boat yesterday to get my drill so I could repair something at my house that broke. While doing my normal walk-through inspection...

    Started by GoVols, 02-17-2014 06:29 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    02-17-2014 05:07 PM Go to last post
  20. how to refinish fiberglas hull bottom

    any suggestions on how to treat a fiberglas hull bottom? Mine is black and scaly. Should I sand it and then paint it?

    Started by Bruce McCabe, 02-17-2014 11:04 AM
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    02-17-2014 11:04 AM Go to last post

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